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The Kinsale Irish Pub & Restaurant

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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 32
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
very good

46 Ratings
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.35%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2 Center Plz
Boston, Massachusetts, 02108-1909
United States
phone: (617) 742-5577

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3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$

Lets get the prices out of the way ... beers and food booth are comparable to most bars in downtown and certainly cheaper than the high end eateries. Service is fine, attentive and a several of the staff know a good amount about the beer they are serving.

Sort of that cookie cutter Irish Pub feel ... but not all Irish Pubs in Boston need to serve shit beer. Kinsale rises above the rest with a solid selection of 20 taps and over 20 in the bottle, tap selections are better.

Use of glassware is not perfect but there is really one thing I care about the most ... to make sure the glass is beer grade clean. Kinsale meets the mark there without a doubt.

Worthy of a visit if you are in town, I will definitely be back frequently.

06-05-2007 05:02:52 | More by Jason
Photo of Todd


4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

FYI ... those looking for a pretty decent selection of beer on-tap in the Government Center area, checkout Kinsale. It's currently your best option for better beer in the area.

They've removed all of the typical English / Irish pub offerings and replaced them with craft brands, like: Allagash, Dogfish, Victory, Harpoon, Sam Adams, Wachusett, Anchor, etc. Around 24 taps, and the only two beers that were crap-ish on-tap were Bass and Harp - but even better beer bars have far worse. Not sure how many bottles they had, but word is that selection is pretty decent too. Don't expect to be wow'd, but know that you'll be able to find a fresh pint of something better.

Paquette and I hit Kinsale last night for the Sam Calagione book signing event, and the food was absolutely incredible to boot. Menu was something like this (but far better and with more stuff):

* Curried chicken spring roll with a hot peanut sauce w/ 60 Minute
* Rubbed swordfish over greens w/ Aprihop
* Tender sliced steak over a blue cheese potato pancake (unreal!) w/ Raison
* Warm chocolate cake w/ World Wide Stout

Service was excellent and very professional. Atmosphere is very contrived, but still warm and inviting, and they've put a hell of a lot of detail into this place (even down to painting fake aging spots and cracks in the walls).

Many poo-poo this place, or have in the past as in the past it sucked, it was just another Irish bar, but it's worth checking out if you're in the area. It gives Boston hope that a cookie-cutter bar can quickly change into a better beer destination with a little effort and word spreading.

Just avoid the afterwork hours as the place gets absolutely packed.

05-26-2005 13:17:51 | More by Todd
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The Kinsale Irish Pub & Restaurant in Boston, MA
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